ComputerWorld: MS fixes ‘external database’ bug with patches that have even more bugs

ComputerWorld: MS fixes ‘external database’ bug with patches that have even more bugs . “Yesterday, in an odd Patch Thursday, Microsoft released five patches for the ‘Unexpected error from external database driver’ bug. But the cure’s worse than the disease. If you installed one, yank it now — and expect Microsoft to pull the patches soon.”

It’s Patch Blues-day: Bad October Windows updates trigger BSODs (The Register)

The Register: It’s Patch Blues-day: Bad October Windows updates trigger BSODs . “Microsoft’s October batch of security patches and bug fixes caused some corporate PCs to suffer blue-screen-of-death crashes when starting up this week. The Redmond software giant has fielded multiple complaints on its support forum from system administrators, who said the KB4041676 and 4041691 updates are making their machines go titsup.”

Krebs on Security: Microsoft’s October Patch Batch Fixes 62 Flaws

Krebs on Security: Microsoft’s October Patch Batch Fixes 62 Flaws. “Microsoft on Tuesday released software updates to fix at least 62 security vulnerabilities in Windows, Office and other software. Two of those flaws were detailed publicly before yesterday’s patches were released, and one of them is already being exploited in active attacks, so attackers already have a head start.”

The Register: Microsoft silently fixes security holes in Windows 10 – dumps Win 7, 8 out in the cold

The Register: Microsoft silently fixes security holes in Windows 10 – dumps Win 7, 8 out in the cold. “Microsoft is silently patching security bugs in Windows 10, and not immediately rolling out the same updates to Windows 7 and 8, potentially leaving hundreds of millions of computers at risk of attack. Flaws and other programming blunders that are exploitable by hackers and malware are being quietly cleaned up and fixed in the big Windows 10 releases – such as the Anniversary Update and the Creator’s Update. But this vital repair work is only slowly, if at all, filtering back down to Windows 7 and Windows 8 in the form of monthly software updates.”

Krebs on Security: Microsoft Issues WanaCrypt Patch for Windows 8, XP

Putting this up top in case you’re in a situation where you have to use Windows XP: Microsoft Issues WanaCrypt Patch for Windows 8, XP. “Microsoft Corp. today took the unusual step of issuing security updates to address flaws in older, unsupported versions of Windows — including Windows XP and Windows 8. The move is a bid to slow the spread of the WanaCrypt ransomware strain that infected tens of thousands of Windows computers virtually overnight this week.”

Ars Technica: Microsoft’s silence over unprecedented patch delay doesn’t smell right

Ars Technica: Microsoft’s silence over unprecedented patch delay doesn’t smell right. “Patch Tuesday has occurred regularly for more than 13 years. During that time, it has never been canceled, although one former Microsoft security boss, in a now-deleted Tweet, reported there were one or more close calls. And in fairness to Microsoft, the cancellation may have been related to company’s recent move to make updates cumulative, meaning they’re tested for bugs only on systems that install the entire package. That might cause a problem with a single patch to scuttle the entire release.But even if the cancellation was for the most banal of reasons, Microsoft’s silence is just wrong.”